The Federal Trade Commission is offering energy conversation tips to help consumers save money in every room of the house. The Web site, Saving Starts @ Home: The Insider Story on Conserving Energy, at www.ftc.gov/energysavings, offers information on cutting utility costs:
- In the Attic. Choosing the right insulation can mean lower energy costs year-round. Saving Starts @ Home gives tips on attic energy savers.
- In the Kitchen. When buying new appliances, the price tag is only one consideration. The FTC shows consumers how the EnergyGuide label can help them select the most energy-efficient option.
- In the Living Room. Saving Starts @ Home sheds light on how consumers can save energy when lighting their home.
- In the Utility Room. The FTC offers information on buying furnaces and air conditioners and maintaining them at their energy-efficient best.
- In the Trash Room. Saving Starts @ Home explains phrases like “recyclable” and “biodegradable” and the meanings of common recycling symbols.
- In the Garage. Consumers can get tips on saving money in the garage, at the pump, and on the road by visiting Saving Starts @ Home.
“Saving Starts at Home: The Inside Story on Conserving Energy” is available from the FTC’s Web site at www.ftc.gov/energysavings. The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish (bilingual counselors are available to take complaints), or to get free information on any of 150 consumer topics, call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357), or use the complaint form at http://www.ftc.gov. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.